In the first day of the National Transportation Safety Board's investigative hearing into the crash of Asiana Airlines flight 214 in San Francisco last summer, the pilot, Capt. Lee Kang Kuk, told investigators he found it hard to land without a piece of airport equipment that wasn't functioning. The glidescope indicator syncs with the airplane's controls and tells pilots if they're too low or too high, CNN explains. But it was down so that the FAA could make runway improvements. Meanwhile, the co-pilot, Bong Dongwon, said he alerted the pilot to the plane's fast rate of descent four times. The NTSB has said the pilot wasn't using an auto-thrust system, which led to the plane's fast descent. But all of this is fairly dry compared to the new video released on Wednesday, which shows just how violent that crash really was.
Police in New York arrested 16 people on Wednesday, and are searching for another two, in a high-end car theft ring they said was responsible for boosting 311 cars worth some $15.5 million. As befitting a gang that stole Bentleys and Porsches, the thieves preferred to simply lift a set of keys or slide behind the wheel of an idling car, rather than smashing up windows. "At their most innovative, the thieves would steal one of a pair of identical keys from a car rental company and place a GPS device in the matching car, the police said. Then they would wait for the car to be rented and track it down." Law and Order writers, are you taking notes?
In a YouTube video soliciting questions from the public, Skype billed Joe Biden's online chat about immigration reform as a chance to "talk directly to the White House." However, Politico reports that the only people who got to talk with the VP on Wednesday were those already active in the immigration debate, who were recruited by Skype and vetted by the White House. (Bonus Bidenism: He told a guy who noted, correctly, that the Super Bowl will be in New Jersey, "maybe not this year.") The administration said it was only concerned about one person who is a Capitol Hill staffer, and Biden didn't see any questions in advance. Still, the White House may want to call it a year and start trying to fight those Orwellian accusations in 2014.
On Wednesday, Fox News host Megyn Kelly led a brief discussion about this Slate piece in which Aisha Harris, a black woman, explains how cruddy the omnipresent white Santa Claus made her feel as a kid. Kelly had two points she wanted to introduce as fact, to clear up any confusion for all the kids who may be watching her 9 p.m. news analysis show.
The 19-year-old Baruch College student who died during a retreat with his fraternity experienced "major brain trauma," The New York Times reports, but it's still unclear exactly what happened to cause it. The student, Chun Hsien Deng, was playing a game called Glass Ceiling as part of his pledge ritual for the fraternity Pi Delta Psi, which had rented a house in the Poconos near Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, last weekend. In the game, the pledge gets blindfolded and a weight is placed on his back. Then, "he has to navigate blind to someone who's called for him," prosecutor E. David Christine Jr. said. "It's played outside, and as he makes his way, other people are trying to tackle him to prevent him from reaching his goal."
President Obama is learning about the perils of taking memorial-service selfies the hard way. In addition to convincing the world that Michelle is mad at him (which the photographer denies), the president's self-portrait with the Danish prime minister inspired a new round of criticism about the White House's restrictions on photographers. Associated Press photojournalist Santiago Lyon writes in a New York Times op-ed that the moment "captured the democratization of image making." This contrasts with the White's House's allegedly undemocratic habit of keeping photojournalists out of events by labeling them "private," only to release flattering official images hours later, "in hypocritical defiance of the principles of openness and transparency [Obama] campaigned on."
Alabama kicker Cade Foster had a rough night during the Iron Bowl, missing three field goal attempts and getting benched in favor of a freshman whose potentially game-winning kick fell short (then got returned for an Auburn touchdown). This led to death threats and various other abuse for the senior, whose team stuck up for him but who all the same must have been feeling pretty low. But then he got some support from an unexpected quarter: According to Foster's Instagram, former President George W. Bush sent him a note of support on official stationary. It says: "Dear Cade (#43), Life has its setbacks. I know! However, you will be a stronger human with time. I wish you all the best – Sincerely – another 43 George Bush." How nice! Foster says he's framing it. Let's hope this one isn't a hoax.
A smart thief would probably not want to be seen doing something very memorable, for a long period of time, outside the very apartment from which she plans on stealing. However, perhaps the burglary — the woman and her accomplice stole two packages from the lobby of a Clinton Hill apartment — was a spur of the moment thing. For example:
Woman: Woo, twerking intermittently for the past hour has made me pretty thirsty.
Man: Maybe there are some beverages in those packages.
How the hell did this happen? How?
When the female patient was transported at about 3 a.m. on Nov. 1 for a “drug or intoxication” issue, she could not be identified by name but a person accompanying them said the patient lived in a New School dorm so the EMS workers filled out the form with “unknown” for the first name and “Asian” for the last name, the source said.
The form was processed and sent to a fire department billing contractor, which then sent out the oddly-addressed bill.
“It’s a clerical or administration error that the bill was sent out,” the source said.
Hmmm. We kind of feel like the error here is that EMS assumed that an Asian person's last name was Asian.
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